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Alex Ovechkin proved to us once again that he is one of the best goal scorers of all time in the Capitals 4-2 victory over the Leafs. Ovechkin recorded a hat trick, including his 16th, 17th and 18th markers of the year to help lift the Capitals to victory. Ovechkin now sits 21st all-time in goals and leads the NHL this season. The great 8's hat trick was his 20th in the NHL. With 576 goals, he is one behind Mark Recchi for 20th on the NHL list.
It was pretty clear from the drop of the puck that the Capitals weren't happy with how they played against the Leafs earlier this season. Surprisingly, despite the early score, the Leafs didn't get off to their usual slow start. They looked good and applied a lot of pressure, but were unable to light the twine. Jake Gardiner and Nikita Zaitsev were able to score six minutes apart in the third period to get within one, but Ovechkin's empty netter sealed the game for the Capitals and sent Leaf fans home in disarray.
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This wasn't a poor game by any means. Of course you have to consider that the Leafs were unable to come out with a victory, but it's always fun to see history being made, and we did see that with another Ovechkin hat trick.
The one thing about this Leafs team that's inspiring is that they don't seem to quit. After falling behind 3-0 and being on the second half of a back-to-back, the club easily could have folded and said tonight wasn't our night. That wasn't the case for the boys in blue and it's certainly a positive that they can move forward with. When you have this much offensive firepower on your roster, you're never really out of games unless you check out mentally, and the Leafs didn't do that last night.
Overall, it was a pretty entertaining Hockey Night in Canada showdown, but I believe it fell just short of the 4/5 prediction that was decided on before the game.
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